American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Kesselring, Albert 1885-1960. German general who was active on virtually all European and North African fronts during World War II. Appointed commander in chief in the West (1945), he was later imprisoned for war crimes (1947-1952).
“Kesselring survived but hundreds of German soldiers AND Italian civilians died in the failed attempt.”
“The Wiki article provides a link to a report of the trial, quoting an order by Kesselring:”
“Kesselring would go on to conduct an absolutely masterful 20 month defence of Italy that would cost the Allies some 300,000 casualties including 60,000 dead.”
“Just prior to the Salerno landings the Allies tried to decapitate the Nazi command structure by sending hundreds of heavy bombers to try and kill the commander in charge of all German troops in Italy, General Kesselring, at his villa.”
“Joseph Kesselring made Karloff's distinctive appearance a central part of his Broadway version of”
“The traffic reports confirmed what Ultra intercepts already told Clark, that Kesselring was rushing reinforcements to the beach.”
“By February 1945, Kesselring warned his generals that guerrilla attacks in the north had “spread like lightning.””
“Karl Wolff, the Waffen SS chief for Italy, and Heinrich von Vietinghoff, who had replaced Kesselring as overall military commander, were proposing to surrender the hundreds of thousands of German soldiers who still occupied northern Italy.”
“Hitler had ordered Kesselring not to raze Rome when he retreated; it was strategically unimportant.”
“The Kesselring statement is reprinted in Cajus Bekker, The Luftwaffe Wartime Diaries, translated and edited by Frank Ziegler (New York: Doubleday, 1968), Appendix 11 (374–75).”
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